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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY OWNERSHIP AND USE: IMPLICATIONS FOR ADULT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

ABSTRACT

 

Background: Although the importance of physical activity (PA) is often cited, limited research exists examining the influence of health enhancing technology devices and applications on physical activity levels. This study examined current PA levels of participants who use technology devices as a means of health assessment.

Methods: A survey of 471 adults at a small Mountain West university assessed current physical activity levels. Variables included: participant’s age, weight, height, technology device use, mobile device use, and specific types (names) of technology devices and applications. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to summarize individual physical activity levels. Participants’ self-reported physical activity levels were averaged and correlations and independent t-tests were used to assess the data.

Results: Findings on the relationships between use of health technology devices/applications and physical activity were mixed. Health technology users report engaging in significantly more days per week of moderate and vigorous physical activity, but they do not report more total minutes of physical activity than non-health technology users.

Conclusions: This study suggests that technology use does have an important effect on physical activity levels and potentially predictive of PA trends. This study implies that health technology use aids an active lifestyle, but the impact of motivation and technology use exceeds the scope of this study. Future research should examine the association between motivation and technology use.

 

KEY WORDS

 

Health, physical activity, technology, applications, SMART devices

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009